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Julian Zeff

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Hey Happy Monday everyone!  I have a special blog for you today, my friend Julian Zeff. He is an amazing tattooer, the sweetest guy and his positive energy lights up the room! Check out this blog and see what Julian likes to eat and cook!

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My name is Julian Zeff. I am a Tattooer in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised here in LA I grew up skateboarding, surfing, bike riding and vandalizing walls or making art around the city(you can be the judge of that). Things I do besides art are travel, surf and go to the gym. Before I became a tattoo artist I was mostly focused on graffiti and canvas art.

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I first noticed an interest in tattoos simply because I was surrounded by friends who were getting them. As soon as I found someone that was willing to give me my first tattoo(while I was under eighteen), I got one. From that point on I knew I wanted to engulf myself in learning how to do it and I’ve never looked back.

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I started tattooing when I was in high school. Before that I had a lot of crappy jobs, mostly fast food, with the exception of delivering pizza and working in a fabric store.

The first tattoo I did was two little doves on the lower stomach area of one of my friend’s. It was terrible. I didn’t even know how to properly set up, let alone put a tattoo machine together. I was sixteen years old, trying to learn how to tattoo but due to my immaturity, and my teachers lack of experience it didn’t work out so well.

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Luckily, I was able to get an apprenticeship soon after I turned eighteen. My first tattoo during my apprenticeship was a melting slice of pizza with flies above it and a bottle of booze. It was very classy. This was drawn on by everyone that I worked with at the shop on one of the guys who was teaching me. It was a terrifying experience but a good one.

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I recently finished a koi fish and peony flower sleeve on a guy who is a chef. He works at a high- end restaurant in Los Angeles but I can’t remember which one. There are probably many heavily tattooed chefs because like us they are in control of their own career destiny. They are creative and artistic, and it seems to be a no brainer that they would want to express their creativity on their body.

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Not too long ago I watched a documentary called, Jiro Dreams of Sushi. This sushi chef has so much passion for his craft that he dedicates his entire life to perfecting every dish he prepares. He has a specific person he buys from for each of his ingredients. A man whose job is to only pick out the very best tuna, a man whose job is to only sell the best rice and so on and so forth. From the way Jiro prepares his food, to the way he lives his life, he is an exceptional example of someone who wants nothing more than to master their craft. It is very inspiring.Image

My signature dish is a high protein, low carb turkey chili, which is great in taste and in maintaining a healthy diet. I first season a packet of ground turkey with salt, pepper, garlic powder, dill weed, cayan pepper, and rosemary.

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When that’s finished cooking I mix it in a crock pot with chopped onions, 1 can of black beans, 1 can of kidney beans, and a jar of delicious pasta sauce. Then I let them all cook together for 15 minutes on medium heat, while stirring occasionally. This is great as left overs, and to bring to work with you throughout the week. Image

Julian, your chili looks healthy and mouth-watering!  Thank you for taking the time to write for knivesandnneedles!!

You can check out more of Julian at:

http://www.julianzeff.com

http://www.tattoounbreakable.com

https://www.facebook.com/julianzeff

@julianzeff

If you have any food tattoos, recipes or just want to be featured, IG us at @knivesandneedles or send us an email at knivesandneedles@gmail.com

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Cheers and enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Julian Zeff

  1. I love it whenever people come together and share opinions.
    Great site, keep it up!

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